The “Alumni Spotlight” is a new section of the district newsletter (and later archived here) aimed to promote the accomplishments of those from our past.
We will publish information provided by alumni based in the newsletter on reception and space available. If you’re an alum and would like to be included, contact Greg Hayes, Director of Public Relations, at 570-327-5500, ext. 33495 or email Executive Director Greg Hayes at email@example.com.
Michael Stratton ’07 is employed as an Analyst in the Real Estate Special Situations Group at Deutche Bank AG. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and is a Favors Forward Foundation board member. Michael says, “WAHS gave me the opportunity to do a variety of activities and yet still be challenged to excel in schoolwork. This would not be possible without the wide variety of courses and activities offered.” He lives in New York City.
Lindsay Szekely ’07 is working at Weis Market as a Shipping/Receiving Clerk. She completed a year at DeVry University and says, “Attending WAHS allowed me to succeed in life, and gave me many opportunities to learn how to succeed in any career.”
Philip M. Geanacopoulos ’99 attended Penn State University and graduated in 2005. Today, he works in Project Management for ACON Biotech (Hangzhou), Co., LTD. Most recently, Philip was promoted to oversee the business unit for the multinational technology company. Philip says, “WAHS sports helped me learn teamwork and time management, which has helped me tremendously both in college and in my professional life.”
Chad L. Marshall ’93 spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Air Intercept Controller and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in eBusiness. Today, Chad works as a Vice President, Application Governance Executive for Bank of America, and resides in North East, Md. He says, “WASD was quick to adopt computer and electronic courses that were both engaging and fun. This, coupled with the enouragement of teachers to think beyond the boundary of the course work and to challenge ourselves, was key to my success then and my continued success now.”
Jason Paulhamus ’93 attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. He works as a freelance illustrator and teaches art at St. John’s School of the Arts and the CHEF Co-op. He illustrated Everlasting: The Kingdom Key, a children’s book published by Tate Publishing in 2011. Jason says, “WASD is known for their outstanding art program and it certainly helped me to develop as an artist.”
Erin Stroup ’92 is a Saxophonist, Educator, Clinician, Adjudicator and Composer in the Philadelphia Area. As a Saxophonist, he is a member of the Sean J. Kennedy Quartet, and as an educator, he is the Coordinator of Music for the Lower Moreland Township School District in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. He is the director of several musical groups there, and is an AP Music Theory teacher. In 2009, Erin was the Grand Prize recipient of the “Voices of Inspiration Award for Teaching Excellence.” As director of the Lower Moreland Jazz Ensemble and Wind bands, the two groups have performed at prestigious events throughout the country, including the “Disney Honors” in 2011.
R. Matthew Speace ’90 attended Hartwick College and is now working for American Express as a Foreign Exchange Specialist in the International Payments Department. After traveling and living around the world, he now resides in Chatham, N.J. He says, “WAHS prepared me to take calculated risks in my career options and introduced me to foreign languages, which I must admit wasn’t my best subject, but it made me think that if one works hard enough, they can achieve their dreams through hard work, determination and patience.”
Jodi Lyn Spotts Binkley ’90 attended Pennsylvania College of Technology and majored in Early Childhood Education. Today, she works as an Early Childhood Lab Assistant at Penn College.
Tina Marie Carlin ’84 is married to a farmer and lives in Susquehanna County, Pa. Currently operating as a dairy farm, the couple has built a passive solar greenhouse and put up a high tunnel. The two plan to open a farm market and sell vegetables year round. The couple recently received the Golden Triangle Award from the state’s Farmer’s Union.
Mark Hartman ’74 graduated from Mansfield University with a B.S. in Music Education, earned his M.M. in Trombone Performance/Pedagogy and D.M.A. in Trombone Solo Performance from Arizona State University. Today, he teaches at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, in Potsdam, N.Y. He has worked there since 1985.
Terry Persun ’70 served in the U.S. Air Force for six years, attended and completed college at the University of the State of New York. He received his master’s degree through SUNY Stony Brook. Today, Terry owns and operates his own public relations firm, writes novels (recently published his sixth novel) and is part owner of an online magazine, Entertainment Engineering. He resides in Chimacum, WA. Terry says “WAHS supplied me with the working knowledge of a specific field (electronics), which allowed me to get work so I could put myself through college.”
CoraLynn Kane Jordan ’63 graduated from Kutztown University. Now retired, she and her husband of more than 45 years have two children and five grandchildren. She resides in Williamsport and keeps active in politics, involved with organizations such as the DuBoistown Garden Club, Lycoming County Historical Society and the Rowley House Museum.
Donald R. Jamison ’61 is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired director from PPL Corp. who attended Penn State University. He currently serves on the board of a credit union and a homeowners’ association. Donald is actively involved in competitive sports, is married and has two sons. He says, “WAHS provided a very good foundation in math and the sciences in facing the challenges of a college education. It was particularly a memorable experience for me since my father was my teacher for chemistry and physics, and my track and field coach.”
Howard Snook ’44 joined the U.S. Navy the same year he graduated and served in the South Pacific. He graduated in 1951 from Syracuse University, became a DuPont Civil Engineer and worked in Polyester Film “Mylar” development and production. Howard is the father of twins, and was married to his late wife, Rose.